Posted in Blogging for Books

The Graphic History of Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton: founding father, familiar face on the $10 bill, subject of a musical you might have heard of, and now the star of his own graphic history:9780399580000The biography opens with Hamilton’s childhood in the West Indies, where he grew up the “bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar” (thanks, John Adams). Essentially orphaned, Hamilton departed for America after St. Croix’s prominent citizens raised money to fund his education. Alexander Hamilton never looked back. He went on to serve alongside George Washington in the Revolutionary War before becoming the first Secretary of the Treasury (and full-time thorn in the side of Thomas Jefferson). He also repeatedly crossed paths with and developed a profound contempt for Aaron Burr, who ultimately challenged his rival to the duel that ended Hamilton’s life.

Alexander Hamilton casts a wide historical net, covering plenty of background information on the philosophical origins of democracy, the Boston Tea Party, the American Revolution, the creation of the Constitution, and more. Jonathan Hennessey’s exposition-heavy style of narration may deter readers who are hoping for a Hamilton highlight reel. This is, instead, a rigorously-researched factual biography, and the text’s challenges occasionally outweigh its rewards. On the other hand, Justin Greenwood’s vibrant, energetic artwork will hold the reader’s interest on every page. Overall, Alexander Hamilton is an engaging tour through the life and times of one of the Revolutionary Era’s most well-known but somehow unknowable figures, a man who “straddles history and myth.”

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Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Posted in Library News

The Big Library Read is Here!

Big Library Read is the first-ever “global eBook club,” connecting people around the world who read the same eBook (or listen to the audiobook) at the same time! The new selection is The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti! Here’s a quick summary from the publisher:

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

October 12-26, 2017, unlimited copies of the book (including an audiobook edition) are available for checkout through OverDrive! Just visit Delco.Overdrive.com (you’ll need a Delaware County Libraries card for this one), and borrow the Big Library Read today!BLRhero-Aug17

 

Posted in Library News

September’s Library News & New Books!

Here is the Ridley High School Library newsletter for September, with all of the news and new books worth checking out! Thanks for taking a moment to read about a brand new digital resource called Exploring Issues, the upcoming Big Library Read, September’s Top Three books, and the latest bestseller to go from the bookshelf to the big screen!

Just click on the image for all of September’s news worth checking out!September

Posted in audiobooks, Library News

Just Add Listening!

This News Worth Checking Out post is dedicated to the memory of
Ms. Debbie Montemuro Roberts, beloved Ridley High School teacher
and longtime audiobook listener.
Her kind spirit and dedication to our students will never be forgotten!

Back-to-school is a busy time of year, and sometimes enjoyment reading falls to the bottom of to-do lists for students and teachers alike. Audiobooks are a wonderful way to incorporate reading into your day, whether you are catching up on a bestseller, revisiting a classic novel, or simply trying something different. The Ridley High School Library’s selection of 200+ audiobooks is always growing, and we have a fresh batch of books-on-CD to kick off the new school year! Here are a few of my favorites (just click the book title for an audio excerpt and more information):

For students with reading challenges, listening helps to fill in any gaps in comprehension. Skilled narrators use their voices to establish mood, heighten drama, and alert listeners to pivotal plot developments. Audiobooks also play a role in the library’s commitment to diverse literature by offering authentic representations of language and dialogue, and providing a “literacy bridge” for emerging readers. Consider diversifying your reading with an audiobook from the Ridley High School Library!AudibleInfographic.jpg

Posted in new books

Five Weeks, Five Must-Read Books!

Each of these must-read new releases will be available in the Ridley High School Library on its “book birthday”! There is something for everyone:

  • Mind-blowing science fiction
  • Boundary-breaking fantasy
  • Chillingly smart horror
  • Heart-wrenching realism
  • Breathtaking fractured fairy tales

Stop by today to check out our new arrivals, and remember that you can always place holds on new books and old favorites via Destiny Quest!

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Posted in Blogging for Books

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Ridley High School Library says hello to Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner…Zentner

“Where are you guys? Text me back.” This seemingly unremarkable text from Carver Briggs to his three best friends may have precipitated the car crash that killed Blake, Eli, and Mars. Now the fourth member of their “Sauce Crew” must face both senior year at Nashville Arts Academy without his closest friends and a potential criminal charge of negligent homicide. Some of his classmates sympathize with Carver, and others (including Eli’s twin sister) blame him for the tragedy. Carver finds solace in the company of Eli’s former girlfriend, Jesmyn, even though part of him feels like he’s betraying Eli by growing closer with her. Meanwhile, Blake’s grandmother invites Carver to spend a “goodbye day” with her doing all the things that Blake loved best. As grief, guilt, panic attacks, and legal fees threaten the stability of Carver’s world he must find a way to make it through the goodbye days and go on living.

Jeff Zentner won the 2017 Morris Award for his debut novel, The Serpent King. In my opinion Goodbye Days, with its emotionally resonant depiction of a hot-button issue, is an even better book. The richness of Nashville’s arts scene and unique locales (including Centennial Park, the iconic Ryman Auditorium, and Parnassus Books) imbues every page and provides a wonderful backdrop to the story. Goodbye Days is a perfect choice for readers who enjoyed Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner. 

Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Posted in Tech Tips

The Library’s Latest Arrival!

One of the most frequent requests we receive in the library is for additional charging stations for iPads, Kindles, and other devices. We aim to please, so we are happy to welcome a new five-port charging dock to the library! This brand new charging station is located on the counter just inside the library entrance. Please help yourself to a jolt of juice whenever your device is running low!